Low temperatures force birds to burn up to 10% of their body weight in stored fat each night to stay warm and this fat must be replaced every day. Be sure to keep your feeders filled with the high-energy, high-fat foods that provide your birds with the crucial nutrition they need to survive. Studies indicate that sunflower seeds, nuts, White Proso Millet, Safflower, and Nyjer® Thistle are among the most preferred seed types.
Suet & Seed Cylinders also offer an easy way to provide birds with essential calories throughout the year.
All foods should be stored in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh. In the warm months only buy as much as you can use in month. During fall and winter, seed can be stored up to 3 months in a cold area. Wild Birds Unlimited has closed steel containers that work well to protect seed from unwanted seed thieves.
If you enjoy feeding birds, there is no reason to stop. A recent Census Report reveals that over 65 million Americans, young and old, feed wild birds. I’m excited to see all the migratory birds in the spring and fall.
And Goldfinches are in our area year-round. I’m watching a baby learn how to eat sunflower chips at my window feeder right now. They do lose their bright yellow color in the fall but when they sing at the feeders it's like they bring sunshine with them even on the dreariest days. Watch a window feeder video with baby goldfinches: http://youtu.be/_7KhUDcK-ZA
Consider that the average wild bird weighs less than two nickels and you’ll realize that the winter can be a very punishing time for your backyard friends. Birds that come at dawn and dusk on cold days are hungry, and it's nice to make sure that they always find something to eat. And don't forget to keep the birdbath and other water sources filled with fresh, clean water, because all birds need to drink.
- Common winter birds in Michigan and their food preference: http://bit.ly/yp9YQA
- How to choose the best suet cake http://bit.ly/xATYPQ
- How to have more colorful birds at your feeder http://bit.ly/qizlNh
- How to winterize your bird feeding station http://bit.ly/xucuF8
- Best food for birds in the winter http://goo.gl/imUo8O
- Choosing a seed blend to feed wild birds http://goo.gl/C3mFuD